New Old Labour: An Introduction for Housing Campaigners

And I saw a great white throne and the one sitting on it. The Parliamentary Party and the Progress councils fled from his presence, but they found no place to hide. I saw the unions, both affiliated and unaffiliated, standing before his throne. And the books were opened, including the Electoral Register. And the voters were judged according to how they had voted, as recorded in the Register. The boroughs gave up their constituents, and the wards and the parishes gave up their electorate. And all were judged according to their voting record. Then the non-voters and the ballot-spoilers were deleted from Momentum’s mailing list. And anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Electoral Register was also deleted from the list.

Then I saw a new Government and a new Party, for the old government and the old party had disappeared. And the Blairites also were gone. And I saw the Holy City, the new London, coming down out of Momentum dressed like a young bride for her husband. I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying: ‘Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more homelessness or food banks or delays on Network Rail or NHS queues or hard Brexit. All these things are gone forever.’

And the one sitting on the throne said: ‘Behold, I am making everything new!’ And then he said to me: ‘Write this down in our Manifesto, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.’ And he also said: ‘It is finished! I am Estate Demolition and Affordable Housing – the Beginning and the End. To all who are poor I will give freely from the ever-so-slightly raised taxes on the rich. All who are victorious will benefit from the Trident nuclear programme, and I will be their God, and they will be my voters. But cowards, critics, doubters, unbelievers, ballot-spoilers, those who practice free thinking, extreme leftists and all who did not vote for us – their fate is in the electoral wilderness!’

  1. The Labour Party Conference 2017: Housing Policy and Estate Regeneration
  2. ‘Oh, Jeremy Corbyn! The People’s Assembly’
  3. ‘Jeremy Corbyn and the Haringey Development Vehicle’
  4. ‘Secure Homes for All? The Labour Party Manifesto on Housing’
  5. ‘Vote Labour? The Aims and Values of Estate Demolition’
  6. ‘A Vote for Labour is a Vote for . . .’
  7. ‘Electoral Defeatism’
  8. ‘Stand Up To Labour: The Denials of Momentum’
  9. ‘Campaigning with Khan and Corbyn’
  10. ‘No Platform For Labour Lies’
  11. ‘A Manifesto For All Londoners? Sadiq Khan’s Promises on Housing’

Architects for Social Housing

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